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Please note that this definition of Colon Hydrotherapy has been taken from information provided by third parties and healers.co.uk does not endorse any statements that may be given, nor recommend any services offered. Additionally the definition or opinions provided below may differ from those which may be given by some practitioners. This information should therefore be considered as general guidance only, and you should always consult professional advice if you are in any way concerned about your health.

Colon Hydrotherapy

also known as Colonic Irrigation, Colonics

How does it work ?

  • Helps to eliminate accumulated stagnant waste from the colon
  • Hydrates the bowel: dehydration is one of the major causes of poor bowel function
  • In physically re-training the bowel muscles towards healthier peristalsis (bowel muscle action) by using different water application, temperature and specific herbs

    What does it involve ?

  • As part of a complete approach to diet and lifestyle Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe and comfortable way to deep cleanse the body and remove the toxins that can be left behind when we naturally excrete waste.
  • The therapy cleanses the colon, one of the most important organs in our body. The Colon (or large bowel) carries out a number of vital functions, including the completion of the digestive process, the elimination of toxins and bile derivatives as well as protection from infection and disease.

    What problems is Colon Hydrotherapy good for ?

    In conjunction with personalised dietary and lifestyle adjustments, Colon Hydrotherapy is indicated in the management and treatment of :
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Constipation
  • Digestive problems such as heartburn and bloating
  • Recurrent headaches or migraines
  • Skin conditions
  • Recurrent thrush or bladder infection
  • Bad breath
  • Muscle and/or joint pain
  • Difficulties in losing weight
  • Water retention and general sluggishness
  • Reduced immunity
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • As part of a weight-loss programme

    What are the benefits ?

  • Because the colon is where the body eliminates a large proportion of our daily toxic overload, Colon Hydrotherapy underpins all naturopathic detoxification and cleansing programmes.
  • Removes and cleanses the colon of old, hard, waste material and harmful toxins caused by today’s lifestyle, convenience foods, stress, and pollution.
  • Stimulates the liver to perform better in its detoxification function.
  • Supports the immune system
  • Improves pH balance in the whole body
  • Provides a favourable environment for friendly bacteria
  • Re-educates the colon towards healthy peristalsis therefore promoting a return to regular bowel movements.
  • Improves nutrient absorption - especially minerals and water-soluble vitamins

    What are the side effects and when should Colon Hydrotherapy be avoided ?

  • Colon Hydrotherapy promotes a sense of wellbeing and lightness which is conducive to maintaining a healthier diet and life style.
  • There are very few contra-indications and it would be expected that your therapist will go through them with you prior to the treatments. However it is best to avoid Colon Hydrotherapy in the case of bowel and rectal diseases such as ulcerated conditions, fistulae, fissures and severe haemorrhoids or after bowel/abdominal surgery. Colon Hydrotherapy is also contra-indicated in the case of severe cardio-vascular, kidney and liver disease

    The Treatment

  • Colon Hydrotherapy is a safe and gentle internal bath which allows warm, filtered water into the lower bowel (colon), to effectively cleanse-out waste, pollutants and toxic substances.  This process also helps rebalance the bowel flora by enabling re-population with a stock of friendly bacteria.
  • Hygienic and odourless, the treatment is carried out in a private and relaxing environment. The treatment will begin with the therapist taking a full confidential case history. It is not habit-forming.
  • The therapist will then gently introduce a low pressure (gravity) flow of water into the colon via a small tube inserted gently into the rectum. The therapist uses special massage techniques on the abdomen to stimulate the release of the waste products and may also introduce herbs or Probiotic implants to aid the process of detoxification and cleansing. The procedure will normally take 30-45 minutes, with the therapist continuing the assessment throughout.


    The Institute of Professional Colon Hydrotherapy (IPCH) : www.ipch.org.uk
    All I.P.C.H. registered therapists are professionally trained and insured. They exclusively use disposable tubing which ensures total safety against the possibility of inadequate sterilisation procedures and cross-contaminations.
    All IPCH registered therapists can also advise you on specific detox diet to support the colonic treatment and achieve better health and vitality.

    Thanks to Anne-Lise Miller, The Whole Works, Edinburgh for contributing to this definition

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